The Dragons' likely rotation for the next six games (Hanshin 8/21-/23, Yakult 8/24-8/26): Enyelbert Soto, Kazuki Yoshimi, Yudai Ono, Kenichi Nakata, Shinji Iwata, and Soma Yamauchi. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/21/2012
Yoshimi is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Hanshin Tigers (Kyocera Dome). One more victory will make him the first Chunichi pitcher to record five consecutive double-digit victory seasons since Senichi Hoshino (1973-1977). Source: Sponichi 8/21/2012
The Aoyama-Gaienmae Shopping District Promotion Association is thinking about organizing a parade in the Aoyama area if/when the team wins a championship. Their desire to throw parade grew after the team moved its offices to Aoyama in March. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2012
Hirokazu Sawamura is one win away from becoming the first Yomiuri pitcher to record back-to-back double-digit victories, beginning with his rookie year, since Tsuneo Horiuchi. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2012
The Tigers will likely continue to use Hiroki Uemoto as their lead-off hitter and Ryota Arai as their clean-up hitter. With regards to R. Arai, most likely for the rest of the season. Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2012
Matt Murton played in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today (started in left, batted third): GIDP, walk, two-run homer to center. Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2012
Yutaka Wada on when Murton might return to the active roster: "There is no time frame, we will decide as we get reports from Ni-gun. [Murton] has the ability. We want him focused completely on baseball. Which is not to say that he has not shown that kind of approach [towards playing]." Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2012
The Tigers have already started talking to Takashi Toritani about the 2013 season, according to a report by Sponichi. Sports Hochi notes that actual negotiations likely will not take place until after the season.
Daily Sports would not be too surprised if the Tigers offered Toritani a big multi-year deal, similar to the one they offered Tsuyoshi Shinjo after the 2000 season: a five-year deal worth an estimated 1.2B yen. Sanspo thinks the Tigers could offer up a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.4B yen. Sanspo also mentions that the club has spoken to Kyuji Fujikawa.
Shota Dobayashi took about thirty minutes of extra fielding practice at Mazda Stadium on Monday. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2012
Kenjiro Nomura apparently issues Dobayashi a challenge after his two-error game on Sunday: "You were the reason we lost [the other day]. Now do your best to become the reason why we won a game." Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
Team owner Makoto Haruta told reporters on Monday that nothing has changed with regards to Kiyoshi Nakahata's two-year deal -- that is, they have no plans, at this time, to terminate the contract before his two years are up, regardless of a last place finish. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2012
The Bay Stars will be selling fifty pairs of infield reserved SS tickets that include rights to Climax Series infield reserved seats through to the 2016 season. The package will go on sale on August 25 and will cost 13,000 yen -- the extra 2,000 yen will go towards promoting baseball in Kanagawa if the Bay Stars do not make the Climax Series by 2016. The tickets will be for the final home game of the season. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2012, Daily Sports 8/21/2012